Wisdom in Miniature: or, the Youth’s Pleasing Instructor, Being a Collection of Sentences, Divine, Moral, and Historical, Selected from the Writings of Many Pious and Learned Authors, Both Ancient and Modern. Intended not only for the use of schools, but as a pocket companion for the youth of both sexes in America.

New York: Printed and Sold by Mahlon Day, 1822. First edition. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with some wear. Marbled paper and pastedowns very slightly curling at the edges and corners. Light foxing and intermittent light toning. Minor creasing to lower gutter margins and two small holes to pp. 203-206 with partial loss of text. Bookplate on front pastedown. A good copy of a scarce work. Quarter red morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine. Edges stained yellow. Sixteenmo. 206 pp. Item #16416

In the preface to the present work, the anonymous author writes, “This little book…it is hoped will be found, on perusal, in some measure to answer its title, as the religious, moral and divine maxims therein contained, are selected from a great number of authors, both ancient and modern, who are famed, in different ages of the world, for their wisdom and prudence” (p. iii). Notable persons referenced in the text include Pericles (495-429 BC) and Aristotle (384-322 BC) with a section containing “Miscellaneous Reflections Extracted from the Works of Late Samuel Johnson.”.

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